Imagine a world with abundant, clean energy. How different would our human civilization be with fewer energy limitations - less risk of climate change, no peak oil, and more renewable ways to provide power to an exploding global population?
To explore this future, the Waterloo Global Science Initiative (WGSI) launches the Equinox Blueprint: Energy 2030 - a detailed roadmap of the highest impact energy technologies with a set of implementation strategies, applying the latest scientific and technological thinking.
Download the Equinox Blueprint: Energy 2030 (PDF), now available at: http://wgsi.org/content/equinox-blueprint-energy-2030
With a focus on lowering the carbon emissions of electricity generation, distribution and storage, the Equinox Blueprint was born from a multinational, interdisciplinary and multigenerational collaboration on Canadian soil, the Equinox Summit: Energy 2030 in June 2011. This gathering consisted of pioneering scientists, policy advisors, entrepreneurs and tomorrow's leaders, all invited to travel to the year 2030 and back.
What's in the Equinox Blueprint: Energy 2030?
The Blueprint consists of five main pillars, with implementation strategies and scientific support, including:
- Energy storage technologies to enable renewable electricity generation
- Enhanced geothermal, tapping into the Earth's heat using techniques we've already mastered
- Advanced nuclear reactors for enhanced safety, utilizing inexhaustible resources (recycled uranium, thorium, and high level wastes) to close the fuel cycle
- Off-grid electrification using flexible solar cells and self-sustaining micro-grids
- Smart cities and electric transport for a global future dominated by urban living
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- Download a short, concise overview in the Equinox Communiqué, the preliminary findings and foundation for the Blueprint
- Science Now:
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- Globe and Mail & CTV.ca: "Plotting a road map for a low carbon future"
- WGSI: Blueprint Launch News Release:
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- IMPRINT: "Waterloo professors spread their knowledge at international conference":